Monday, March 21, 2016

Through The Mail

I have to admit getting a bit jealous about reading posts about autos that other bloggers have gotten from retired or current players through the mail. I also have to admit I've wanted to do this myself, but have no idea the proper way to achieve some level of success. So I'm asking the blogosphere, what's the best way you've found to go about doing this?


  1. I second that! I used to do it back in the early 90's when Beckett would provide the addresses every month. I so want to start this up again, but don't have a clue.

  2. When I did it, I simply asked some of the bloggers who regularly do TTMs and they were happy to supply the info.

    I stopped doing it because autographs aren't really my thing and it's pretty time-consuming. I got the few I was interested in and then got out.

  3. A few of my rules of thumb:

    Write a nice, short but sweet note. A few anecdotes about player's career, and request that he sign the enclosed card.

    Also include a self-addressed-stamped-envelope. That is a must!

    I usually send one or two cards. And never send anything you can't afford to lose. I never send the cards protected. I used to but then guys started signing the sleeves. They usually show up ok.

    Envelopes - use the kind where you peel and stick. No one wants to lick.

    Send to:
    Player name
    C/o team name
    City, State, zip

    For retired guys, most addresses are easily fm found online. There are a lot of databases that track success too. Check this out:

    Good luck!

  4. I use which has tons of addresses and provides return percentages so you know which guys are a sure bet to sign and return. You can log your mailings and track them. It's about $15 a year subscription.

  5. It's as easy everyone says and it makes the walk to the mailbox more exciting. Sometimes you'll be surprised too. I've received letters, pictures and other extras that I did not request before. A friend of mine had a big surprise when a card he sent to Lee Lacy in 1989 arrived back at his mother's house in 2014 with an apology letter for the delay!